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NFL power rankings, Week 13: Modest movement, and some re-assessments

I'm back for even more scrutiny with my Week 13 NFL power rankings. The 49ers won another ugly one, defeating Washington 17-13. With a huge matchup on Thursday against the Seahawks, we could see the end of some gridlock. Would you move them up or down?

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Welcome back for another week of my power rankings, as we slowly approach the home stretch of the 2014 regular season. I don't think any power rankings have consistent rhyme or reason to them, and mine are no different. Sometimes I'll go in and re-assess the entirety of what I'm thinking, and sometimes I'll just make some minor adjustments. Different teams have different context to how they are rankings.

The San Francisco 49ers had another tough win on Sunday, defeating Washington to improve to 7-4. I bumped them up a couple spots, but that was due in part to not knowing what to do with the Detroit Lions or Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions were hammered by the New England Patriots. On the one hand, they were waxed in that game, and on the other hand, the Patriots are playing some great football. I probably dropped Detroit a little too far, but I am also still not sold on them this season.

As for the Chiefs? Well, a loss to the Oakland Raiders deserves a serious drop. I did actually move the Raiders out of last place for the first time in a while. They could very well lose the rest of their games, but for now, they seem better than the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. And that is primarily due to having a quarterback that can at least look good a bit more regularly.

The Patriots maintain the top spot in my rankings as they look better than pretty much anybody in the league. I also bumped the Green Bay Packers up to No. 2, leap-frogging the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers won a close one in Minnesota, but a hard-fought divisional road win is a big thing for them. I'm not sure how they will fare in the playoffs, but they are looking as good as anybody in the NFC.

What changes would you make to my power rankings?

Rank Team LW
1 New England Patriots (9-2) 1
2 Green Bay Packers (8-3) 3
3 Denver Broncos (8-3) 4
4 Arizona Cardinals (9-2) 2
5 Dallas Cowboys (8-3) 7
6 Indianapolis Colts (7-4) 8
7 Seattle Seahawks (7-4) 9
8 San Francisco 49ers (7-4) 10
9 Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) 12
10 Detroit Lions (7-4) 6
11 Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) 11
12 Baltimore Ravens (7-4) 15
13 Cleveland Browns (7-4) 13
14 Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) 5
15 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4) 14
16 Miami Dolphins (6-5) 16
17 San Diego Chargers (7-4) 17
18 Buffalo Bills (6-5) 19
19 Houston Texans (5-6) 18
20 Chicago Bears (5-6) 22
21 Atlanta Falcons (4-7) 20
22 New Orleans Saints (4-7) 21
23 Minnesota Vikings (4-7) 23
24 St. Louis Rams (4-7) 24
25 Carolina Panthers (3-7-1) 25
26 New York Giants (3-8) 26
27 Tennessee Titans (2-9) 27
28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9) 28
29 Washington (3-8) 29
30 Oakland Raiders (1-10) 32
31 New York Jets (2-9) 30
32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) 31